Saturday: Council Members Might 'Revisit' DPAO Fees

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There were hints Saturday the Watertown city council might revisit the fees being paid by a popular charitable group in order to put on concerts in the city.

The Disabled Persons Action Organization has put on shows in Watertown for 40 years, but DPAO founder Joe Rich now says the group may pull out of Watertown because of city-imposed fees.

The newest fee - $640 a show to hook up water and sewer lines to the trailers used as dressing rooms - was the last straw for Rich, who said this week that the DPAO was only notified of the fee one day before tickets for this year's concerts go on sale.

Saturday, city council member Teresa Macaluso said she is willing to revisit the fees charged the DPAO.

"We're not trying to make money off of these concerts, we're just trying to accomodate to the best of our ability," said. "But it all comes with a cost and the cost goes to the taxpayers."

"I think we need to look at the first concert, tally up every expense, get together with DPAO, tell them how much this concert costs the city, and use that as a starting point," said council member Joe Butler Jr.

Council member Jeff Smith said DPAO might consider forgoing the water and sewer hook-ups. Council member Roxanne Burns could not be reached for comment. Mayor Jeff Graham has declined to comment on the matter.

For more on why the city is charging the fees, see our report from earlier this week

 

Monday, April 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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